July 16, 2011

Milagai Podi

Chutney's and Sambar though lovely combinations for idli's and dosa's, milagai podi is an awesome combination with idli's. My husband loves idli's soaked with milagai podi and sprinkled with sugar on the top. My MIL and husband even prefer it with chapathis. It has a very unique taste ranging from sweet to hot. This is my MIL's version of milagai podi.
Dried Red Chillies - 2 cups
Whole Urad dal - 1 cup
Chana Dal - 1/4 cup
Sesame Seeds - 4 tbsp
Asafoetida - 11/2 tbsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Curry Leaves - a little (optional)
Salt to taste
Gingelly oil for cooking

Heat a tbsp of oil and fry dried red chillies. Set it aside.
In the same pan fry Urad Dal till golden brown. Add channa dal and fry till light brown.
Add sesame seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and fry till crispy. Let this cool.
In a mixer grinder, grind the red chillies with salt and jaggery to a fine powder.
Add the lentils in the mixer grinder and grind to a coarse powder.

Bon Appetit!!